1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
14Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
19Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
21Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”
22This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”
23But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
25“Who are you?” they asked.
“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26“I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
27They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up8:28 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted. the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are
31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.8:38 Or presence. Therefore do what you have heard from the Father.”
39“Abraham is our father,” they answered.
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would8:39 Some early manuscripts “If you are Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then do what Abraham did. 40As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41You are doing the works of your own father.”
“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”
42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
Jesus’ Claims About Himself
48The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
49“I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
1Koma Yesu anapita ku phiri la Olivi. 2Mmamawa Iye anaonekeranso ku Nyumba ya Mulungu kumene anthu onse anamuzungulira ndipo Iye anakhala pansi nawaphunzitsa. 3Aphunzitsi amalamulo ndi Afarisi anabweretsa mkazi amene anagwidwa akuchita chigololo. Iwo anamuyimiritsa patsogolo pa anthu ndipo 4anati kwa Yesu, “Aphunzitsi, mkazi uyu tinamugwira akuchita chigololo. 5Mʼmalamulo a Mose anatilamulira kuti akazi otere tiwagende ndi miyala. Tsopano Inu mukuti chiyani?” 6Iwo anagwiritsa ntchito funsoli ngati msampha, ndi cholinga choti apeze chifukwa cha kumuneneza Iye.
Koma Yesu anawerama pansi ndi kuyamba kulemba pa dothi ndi chala chake. 7Pamene iwo anapitirira kumufunsa, Iye anaweramuka ndipo anawawuza kuti, “Ngati wina wa inu alipo wopanda tchimo, ayambe iyeyo kumugenda ndi miyala mkaziyu.” 8Iye anaweramanso pansi ndi kulemba pa dothi.
9Iwo atamva izi anayamba kuchoka mmodzimmodzi, akuluakulu poyamba, mpaka Yesu anatsala yekha ndi mkaziyo atayimirira pomwepo. 10Yesu anaweramuka ndipo anamufunsa iye kuti, “Akuluakulu aja ali kuti? Kodi palibe amene wakutsutsa?”
11Iye anati, “Ambuye, palibe ndi mmodzi yemwe.”
“Inenso sindikukutsutsa iwe. Pita kuyambira tsopano usakachimwenso.”
Za Umboni wa Yesu
12Yesu atayankhulanso kwa anthu, anati, “Ine ndine kuwunika kwa dziko lapansi. Aliyense amene anditsata Ine sadzayenda mu mdima, koma adzakhala ndi kuwala kotsogolera anthu ku moyo.”
13Afarisi anamutsutsa Iye nati, “Iwe ukudzichitira umboni wa Iwe mwini, umboni wako siwoona.”
14Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ngakhale Ine ndidzichitire umboni, umboni wangawu ndi woona, pakuti Ine ndikudziwa kumene ndinachokera ndi kumene ndikupita. Koma inu simukudziwa ndi pangʼono pomwe kumene ndinachokera kapena kumene ndikupita. 15Inu mumaweruza potsata maganizo a anthu chabe. Ine sindiweruza munthu wina aliyense. 16Koma Ine ndikati ndiweruze, ndimaweruza molondola, chifukwa Ine sindili ndekha koma ndili ndi Atate amene anandituma. 17Mʼmalamulo anu munalembedwa kuti umboni wa anthu awiri ndi wovomerezeka. 18Ine ndikudzichitira ndekha umboni; ndipo mboni inanso ndi Atate amene anandituma.”
19Kenaka iwo anamufunsa Iye kuti, “Kodi Atate anuwo ali kuti?”
Yesu anayankha kuti, “Inu simundidziwa Ine. Atate anganso simuwadziwa. Mukanandidziwa Ine, mukanawadziwanso Atate anga.” 20Iye anayankhula mawu awa pamene amaphunzitsa Nyumba ya Mulungu pafupi ndi malo amene amaponyapo zopereka. Komabe palibe amene anamugwira Iye, chifukwa nthawi yake inali isanakwane.
Mkangano Woti Yesu Ndani
21Kenakanso Yesu anawawuza kuti, “Ine ndikupita, ndipo mudzandifunafuna, koma mudzafa muli mʼmachimo anu. Kumene ndikupita, inu simungabwereko.”
22Izi zinachititsa Ayuda kufunsa kuti, “Kodi adzadzipha yekha? Kodi ndicho chifukwa chake akuti, ‘Kumene ndikupita, inu simungabwereko?’ ”
23Koma Iye anapitiriza kuti, “Inu ndi ochokera pansi pano. Ine ndine wochokera kumwamba. Inu ndinu anthu a dziko la pansi. Ine sindine wa dziko lapansi lino. 24Ine ndinakuwuzani kuti mudzafera mʼmachimo anu ngati simukhulupirira kuti Ine Ndine. Ndithu inu mudzafera mʼmachimo anu.”
25Iwo anafunsa kuti, “Ndinu ndani?”
Yesu anayankha kuti, “Monga Ine ndakhala ndikunena nthawi yonseyi, 26ndili ndi zambiri zoti ndinene zoweruza inu. Koma Iye amene anandituma ndi woona, ndipo chimene Ine ndamva kuchokera kwa Iye, ndi chimene ndimaliwuza dziko lapansi.”
27Iwo sanazindikire kuti Iye amawawuza za Atate ake. 28Choncho Yesu anati, “Inu mukadzapachika Mwana wa Munthu, pamenepo mudzadziwa kuti Ine Ndine. Mudzadziwa kuti sindichita kalikonse pa Ine ndekha koma ndimayankhula zokhazo zimene Atate anandiphunzitsa. 29Iye amene anandituma Ine ali nane pamodzi. Iye sanandisiye ndekha popeza nthawi zonse ndimachita zomwe zimamukondweretsa Iye.” 30Pamene Iye ankayankhula zimenezi, ambiri anamukhulupirira.
Ana a Abrahamu
31Kwa Ayuda amene anamukhulupirira, Yesu anati, “Ngati inu mutsatira chiphunzitso changa, ndithu ndinu ophunzira anga. 32Tsono mudzadziwa choonadi, ndipo choonadicho chidzakumasulani.”
33Iwo anamuyankha Iye kuti, “Ife ndife zidzukulu za Abrahamu ndipo sitinakhalepo akapolo a wina aliyense. Kodi mukunena bwanji kuti, ‘Ife tidzamasulidwa?’ ”
34Yesu anayankha kuti, “Zoonadi, Ine ndikukuwuzani kuti aliyense wochita tchimo ndi kapolo wa tchimolo. 35Pajatu kapolo alibe malo wokhazikika mʼbanja, koma mwana ndi wa mʼbanjamo nthawi zonse. 36Nʼchifukwa chake ngati Mwana adzakumasulani, mudzakhala mfulu ndithu. 37Ine ndikudziwa kuti inu ndinu zidzukulu za Abrahamu. Chonsecho inu mwakonzeka kundipha Ine, chifukwa mawu anga alibe malo mwa inu. 38Ine ndikukuwuzani zimene ndaziona pamaso pa Atate, ndipo inu mukuchita zimene mwazimva kwa abambo anu.”
39Iwo anayankha kuti, “Ife abambo athu ndi Abrahamu.”
Yesu anati, “Inu mukanakhala ana a Abrahamu, bwenzi mukuchita zinthu zimene Abrahamuyo ankachita. 40Koma mmene zililimu, inu mwatsimikiza kundipha Ine, munthu amene ndinakuwuzani choonadi chimene Ine ndinachimva kuchokera kwa Mulungu. Abrahamu sanachite zinthu zoterezi. 41Inu mukuchita zinthu zimene abambo anu amachita.”
Iwo anatsutsa kuti, “Ife si ana amʼchigololo, Atate amene tili nawo ndi Mulungu yekha.”
Ana a Mdierekezi
42Yesu anawawuza kuti, “Mulungu akanakhala Atate anu, inu mukanandikonda Ine, pakuti Ine ndinachokera kwa Mulungu ndipo tsopano ndili pano. Ine sindinabwere mwa Ine ndekha. 43Nʼchifukwa chiyani simukumvetsetsa mawu anga? Chifukwa chake nʼchakuti simungathe kumva zoyankhula zanga. 44Inu ndinu ana a mdierekezi. Iye ndiye abambo anu ndipo mukufuna kuchita zimene abambo anuwo amakhumba. Iye anali wakupha kuyambira pachiyambi, sanasunge choonadi, pakuti mwa iye mulibe choonadi. Pamene Iye anena bodza, amayankhula chiyankhulo chobadwa nacho, popeza ndi wabodza ndipo ndi bambo wa mabodza. 45Koma chifukwa ndikuwuzani choonadi, inu simukundikhulupirira Ine! 46Ndani mwa inu angatsimikize kuti ndine wochimwa? Ngati Ine ndikunena choonadi, nʼchifukwa chiyani simukundikhulupirira? 47Munthu wochokera kwa Mulungu amamva zimene Mulungu amanena. Chifukwa chimene simumvera nʼchakuti, inuyo sindinu ochokera kwa Mulungu.”
Zomwe Yesu Ananena za lye Mwini
48Ayuda anamuyankha Iye kuti, “Kodi ife sitikulondola ponena kuti Inu ndi Msamariya ndi wogwidwa ndi chiwanda?”
49Yesu anati, “Ine sindinagwidwe ndi chiwanda, koma ndimalemekeza Atate anga, koma inu mukundinyoza. 50Ine sindidzifunira ndekha ulemu; koma alipo wina amene amandifunira, ndipo Iyeyo ndiye woweruza. 51Ine ndikukuwuzani choonadi, munthu akasunga mawu anga, sadzafa konse.”
52Pamenepo Ayuda anafuwula kuti, “Tsopano ife tadziwadi kuti Inu ndi wogwidwa ndi chiwanda! Abrahamu anafa ndiponso aneneri, koma Inu mukunena kuti, ‘Ngati munthu asunga mawu anga, sadzafa.’ 53Kodi ndinu wa mkulu kuposa abambo athu Abrahamu? Iye anafa, ndiponso aneneri onse. Inu mukuganiza kuti ndinu yani?”
54Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ngati Ine ndidzilemekeza ndekha, ulemu wangawo ndi wosatanthauza kanthu. Atate anga amene inu mukuti ndi Mulungu wanu, ndiye amene amandilemekeza Ine. 55Ngakhale kuti inuyo simukumudziwa, Ineyo ndikumudziwa. Ngati Ine nditanena kuti sindikumudziwa, Ineyo nditha kukhala wabodza ngati inuyo, koma Ine ndimamudziwa ndipo ndimasunga mawu ake. 56Abambo anu Abrahamu anakondwera poyembekezera kubwera kwanga. Iwo anandiona ndipo anasangalala.”
57Ayuda anati kwa Iye, “Inu sumunafike nʼkomwe zaka makumi asanu, ndipo mukuti munamuona Abrahamu!”
58Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ine ndikukuwuzani choonadi, Abrahamu asanabadwe, Ine Ndine!” 59Pamenepo iwo anatola miyala kuti amugende, koma Yesu anabisala, nachoka mozemba mʼNyumba ya Mulungu.